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At times on my 1996 ford thunderbird lx 4.6 liter the starter free spins like the engine is already running. should i seek a new starter or consider the flexplate an issue? not sure if the flexplate h

At times on my 1996 ford thunderbird lx 4.6 liter the starter free spins like the engine is already running. should i seek a new starter or consider the flexplate an issue? not sure if the flexplate has flat teeth yet i have to pull the inspection plate on the bellhousing if there is one on there. basicly are the flexplates on this model known to fail?

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Flexplates fail on all cars. You will need to pull the starter out to inspect the teeth.

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Does the starter turn over? To change the flexplate you need to remove the transmission which can be difficult without the proper tools and equipment. Ideally you want to do it on a lift and you want to have a transmision jack and maybe another set of hands to help out. Did you have the old starter tested to see if it was bad? If its still good you have a whole seperate issue.

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I am assuming you have the vortech engine...but regardless it sounds like a fuel pressure regulator problem to me..i can guarantee that it isn't in the starter. Being as it's intermittent I would start by checking all of your vacuum lines and by buying some spray injector/throttle body spray and cleaning your throttle body..make sure that you clean your throttle plate..(the round plate that is in the body that opens w/ accelerator)..use a small brush and make sure you get as much carbon off of the inner and outer bore edges as possible..start there. The vortechs are known for their fuel pressure regulators going out though.

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